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Students studying at Swindon College
 
All full-time students have a personal tutor. This may be your course tutor or a member of the course team. The college greatly values you as a student and you will meet your tutor regularly to discuss your progress and record your achievements.

Your tutor will help you through any difficulties, offer advice on study skills or work experience and prepare you for the next stage of your career.

If you are a part-time student on one course, the course tutor will be your personal tutor. If you are attending a number of courses, one of your tutors will be nominated. They will spend time with you early in your course to discuss your learning programme.

The tutorial programme is a menu of activities to be completed online. Your own tutor may work with you in a workshop or you may have a 1:1 tutorial to check how you are doing with your work and action plan targets to see what has to be done next. Activities also take place in the Avenue on a regular basis. 
 
Our tutorial programme is our way of working with you to make sure you can manage situations that you are likely to experience. This includes issues like managing money and getting the right information at the right time. Tutorials are accessed by computer. Other tutorials and events take place in the Avenue. You also get some choice about which topics to select through participating in the student rep forums and surveys. We always welcome your feedback.

Moodle / VLE


Swindon College has invested heavily in e-learning technology and is committed to delivering teaching and learning in various ways to ensure that all learner needs and learning styles are addressed.

At the centre of our strategy is the VLE - MOODLE  which you can access via the college website which allows students to access their course material online at any time. The MOODLE pages provide a range of interactive learning resources which complement lessons and other learning activities.

Electronic individual learning plans (eILPs)


Your eILP is where you and your tutor action plan work that is to be completed. When you have your 1:1 tutorials you will discuss and agree what needs to be done and when. These enables you to keep track of your progress on your course.

Both you and your tutors can input information such as SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Timely) targets, what you have achieved and what support you need. The whole process will be explained to you at the start of your course.

Computer code of conduct


The college actively encourages all staff and students to use computing facilities to produce work and to gain access to the Internet for research. The Swindon College Code of Practice is ESSENTIAL READING for all staff and students.
 
Be aware of the thousands of others who rely on the college’s computers to do their work. Consider how your computer behaviour will affect them and make sure you act responsibly towards them.

Understand that the college has policies that address academic dishonesty, disruptive conduct, misuse of materials, etc. These policies must guide your computing activities in the same way that they guide your other activities on campus.

Understand that sending electronic messages to people you don’t know or who don’t need to get your message is a nuisance.

Be aware that the site-licensed software available on the Campus Software Server is to be used for educational purposes only; it must not be distributed to non-members of the college.

Understand that using Swindon College computing resources to access questionable material, such as pornography, on the Internet or from any other source will lead to Disciplinary Action and could lead to prosecution under the Computer Misuse Act or the Child Protection Act.

Be aware that computer use is constantly monitored by Swindon College staff. Abnormal activity, e.g. repeated attempts to access blocked web sites, may draw attention to yourself. All activity is logged in files on the central servers and retained.

Understand that using Swindon College computing resources to send chain letters is a waste of computing resources and offends others on the Internet.

Be aware that playing games comes under the description of frivolous use of computers. You are not authorised to use your college account for such activities.

Understand what you are authorised to do and what rules you agreed to abide by when you registered.

Electronically attacking people


It’s not too difficult to forge electronic messages, but it is fraud.
 
Messages that threaten someone are not only anti-social and bullying; they are violations of the Computer Misuse Act 1990. Users of the Internet are expected to abide by the same principles of fairness, decency and respect that they use everywhere else.

If you need any further information on computers then please contact the IT Services team support@swindon.ac.uk.